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Speaking of promos, King, Kurtz, hockey and more

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

Channel 4 has been recently running a promo that tells viewers that it is "holding the powerful accountable."

That follows years of Channel 2 running promos that tell viewers it is "holding people in power accountable."

So I suggest Channel 7 also tweak Channel 2’s slogan by running promos that say it is "holding powerful people accountable."

After all, you apparently don't have to be accountable when "borrowing" promo phrases.

Channel 4’s promos for the extra hour of "Wake Up!" on  WNLO-TV are a little misleading. They feature Diana Fairbanks and Jordan Williams so much that you half expect them to expand their two-hour Ch.4 shift for "Wake Up!" to the CW 23 shift from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. But four hours of anchoring is too much to ask of any anchor. Williams was the solo anchor of the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. shift this morning. At 8 a.m., a more animated Nalina Shapiro took over about 20 minutes after Williams introduced her as the anchor of the extra hour. The promos featured photos of Shapiro and meteorologist Mike Cejka. which was the only evidence they were going to do the 8 a.m. hour. 


Jordan Williams


Why is Channel 4 expanding "Wake Up!" another hour to compete against the national morning shows? Follow the money. As I wrote Saturday --- yes, I blog on the weekends sometimes -- Channel  4 gets to keep all the ad revenue for the hour and for "Winging It!", which has been moved to 9 a.m.

It is nice to see Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. edition of "The CBS Evening News" back on WNLO. It is especially a treat for those news junkies who don’t understand why Channel 4 runs an hour-long Saturday newscast when there is usually so little news on weekends except for crimes, parades and festivals. I don’t know why Channel 4’s sister station ever dropped the national newscast. Check that. I do know why. Follow the money. It probably made more running the programming it carried in its place.

William Fichtner, the local actor who was featured in an entertaining Bruce Andriatch feature in Gusto about the new Long Ranger movie opening this week, is a very busy actor. He also is starring on NBC’s international thriller, "Crossing Lines." I watched most of the pilot being rerun on Saturday and it’s not bad for summer entertainment.

Will the Stephen King jinx hit CBS’ "Under the Dome" when the second episode of the miniseries airs tonight or will all the viewers who made the premiere a huge summer hit a week ago return? King miniseries always start well. But they usually die down. If anything, local ratings for the second episode should rise. The "Dome" premiere did very well on Channel 4 a week ago even though it was no competition here for Chicago’s Stanley Cup clincher against the Boston Bruins last Monday on Channel 2. It doesn't face hockey tonight.

CBS’ Sunday Morning tried to give King’s series a boost by running a feature on the best-selling author that included his critiques of the films and TV miniseries that have been made from them. He didn’t like Stanley Kubrick’s version of "The Shining" with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall and said he was legally prohibited from saying so for a long time. "Mr. Kubrick died, so now what the hell," said King in the piece. Actually as the story noted, King’s feelings about Kubrick’s version were apparent when he allowed ABC to make a miniseries version of the book.  

I’m sorry to see Howard Kurtz leave CNN’s "Reliable Sources" for Fox News. “Reliable” has always been one of my favorite Sunday morning shows, even after Kurtz’s journalistic credentials were recently damaged. He will be hard for CNN to replace, especially if he takes his Rolodex with him. He got an impressive list of journalists to join him each week to discuss media ethics. Kurtz said goodbye Sunday morning after leading enlightening discussions on the coverage of the recent Supreme Court decisions on voting rights and gay marriage. Panelists also addressed whether the coverage of Paula Deen and NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been fair. Kurtz was treated fairly by CNN.  His cable network bosses allowed him to host the show for a few weeks after his Fox News move was announced.

Kurtz and his panelists noted the media was anything but impartial covering the gay marriage ruling  as the media overwhelmingly became cheerleaders. The panelists added the gay marriage case also unfortunately limited the coverage of the voting rights case, which may have a substantial impact
on future elections.

A reminder: Today is the day that Bounce TV is supposed to premiere on the sub-channel of WNLO-TV. I can’t see how Channel 4’s owners can make any money on it unless it eventually gets on local cable.  


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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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